Thursday, April 28, 2016

SO THAT'S WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE

If you've never heard the Soul Survivors' "Expressway to Your Heart", you should. Textbook one hit wonder, soul edition. If you have heard it, even if you've heard it hundreds of times over the years, you'd be hard pressed to name another song by them. You may not have even remembered who did it. I had never heard anything else by them, and walked around like that for decades. Until two days ago, when I ran into one over at Funky 16 Corners. It's a bad quality mp3, but it sent me looking for more.

The Soul Survivors were a Gamble and Huff thing. Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff were producers who pretty much defined Philly Soul in the late sixties through the seventies. Really, they owned it. Archie Bell and the Drells, the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and others. Oh yeah, and the People's Choice song "Do It Any Way You Wanna", the rhythm of which Dillinger borrowed for his "Cocaine (In My Brain)". I just had to add that. Anyway, trying hard here to give the Soul Survivors a belated fair shake, but, man, them O'Jays. Nevermind the Dillinger detour.

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Listen: 
Soul Survivors - Expressway to Your Heart mp3 at Friday  In Athens
Soul Survivors - Mr. Pitiful mp3 at KMPROD
Soul Survivors - Mama  Soul mp3 at Dos Rios (?)
Soul Survivors - City of Brotherly Love mp3 at Dos Rios (?)
More Gamble and Huff:
Archie Bell and the Drells -  Tighten Up (streaming) at YouTube
The O'Jays - For the Love of Money mp3 at AMPS (?)
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody mp3 at Basement Rug
People's Choice - Do It Any Way You Wanna (streaming) at YouTube
Unrelated, but mentioned:
Dillinger - Cocaine (In My Brain) mp3 at Isodisco

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